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MMeetings Africa 2018 will feature a number of interesting discussions and business talks focusing on how to spark business growth, how shared economies are affecting business events, and what the impact of the business events industry is on infrastructure development in Africa. 

One of the dynamic speakers to look forward to is Dr Shaun Vorster, who has served as Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School since 2014, and is currently a Senior Advisor for Expo 2020 Dubai. He will be sharing his insights on building shared economies legacy projects from hosting major country events. 

The Business Opportunity Networking Day’s (BONDay) educational talks and research workshop on 26 February are open to exhibitors only, and the business talks on 27 and 28 February are open to all attendees. 

BONDay – 26 February 2018

Insights, trends, technology and legacies

Time: 10:00 to 14:00

Three informative and interactive business talks sessions will be hosted during BONDay (our day for exhibitors to bond through networking and shared thinking). To RSVP for the exhibitors’ educational talks, email Yoshni at, and for the business events researchers workshop, email Gugu at

Business Talk – 27 February 2018

How has the shared economy affected business events?

Time: 14:00 to 15:00

The shared economy has been growing at a rapid pace throughout the world as peer-to-peer networks and collaborative business models emerge. The shared economy, which is estimated to be worth $335 billion by 2025, fits African economies exceptionally well because many of the continent’s countries already have large informal and collaborative economies where businesses thrive. This approach is gradually reshaping the business event industry, presenting new opportunities and empowering event planners by offering fresh solutions and perspectives. 

Business Talk – 28 February 2018

Business events infrastructure development in Africa: Multi-purpose facilities

Time: 11:00 to 12:00

Without a doubt, Africa is starting to take its place at the forefront of the global exhibitions industry. South Africa’s exhibitions, conferences and events industry alone is fast becoming one of the country’s most important sectors to attract foreign visitors and investment. Are multi-purpose facilities that can be adapted to a range of uses the answer to affordable business events infrastructure development in Africa? 

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